I was not a fan of the old tracking method as it gave me such a big amount of calories for the day since I am hooked up to my fitbit through this site also. I put in the weekly calories that my fitbit told me I burned in a week and SparkPeople would tell me I could eat over 2000 calories in a day for a half pound loss each week.
Don't know about the update? Read about it in this SparkBlog: www.sparkpeople.com/blog
I switched over to the new method, which any new member would be using now anyhow. I was pretty much used to this method on my fitbit tracking. I'm also going to start tracking my food intake for a while again to see how it works and if I can get off this last 30 pounds that just won't budge. I know when I track, I lose the weight and when I don't I know I can stick to an approximate weight. So it's time to finish getting rid of those last 30 and try out the new method of tracking with more accuracy.
The basics of each method.
The old way you had a certain amount of calories that stays that way no matter how much extra movement you do in a day. It would yell at you at the end of the week if you're burning more calories than you're taking in. You have to do the math each week to determine how active you're going to be.
The old method is good if you like to see a certain calorie amount each day and don't like things to change. It's great if you are seeing that exercise lets you eat more and you might start having mental issues that turn into anorexia-style exercise all the time to get the weight off thinking.
The new way more accurately shows how much you move in a day. It's similar to most other trackers out there (fitbit, myfitnesspal, etc.). If you have a step tracker attached to your Spark account, then it automatically figures out your activity level for the day, leaving the work to the computers.
If you don't have a fancy gadget hooked up, you can pick your activity level, many of us will be at the lowest level of fitness to begin with, then as you add your exercise for the day, you're allowed more calories for the day.
I know some days I sit all day long, so those days I should be eating less, but there are some days I'm out all day long, so I can get away with eating a little more and still be on schedule with my weight loss.
If you started up your account more than 3 days ago, you still have the ability to use the old method. It worked for me for my first 50 pounds, so I'm not about to bash it completely, but I do like the new way as it shows how different activity levels each week can help you figure out why the weight is coming off at different rates each week.
Be sure to read the entire SparkBlog before you decide to switch as it's a permanent change if you do. I may like the new method better, but you may not, so keep to your individual preference.
Today's Holidays: Simplicity Day, Cow Appreciation Day, Collector Car Appreciation Day, Different Colored Eyes Day (I may not have two completely different eye colors, I have seen people like that, but one of my hazel eyes had a fun brown spot on it) and National Pecan Pie Day (eat in moderation since it's the highest calorie pie you could eat!).